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One Soul, Many Lives: First Hand Stories of Reincarnation and the Striking Evidence of Past Lives Paperback – March 10, 2005
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He also makes a few factual mistakes -- for example, Charlemagne did not live 10,000 years before Napoleon (p. 4) (he probably meant to write 1,000). Ancient Egypt was preoccupied with death and the afterlife, but reincarnation does not seem to be part of their belief system (as stated on p. 7). (See, for example, the Wikipedia entry on Ancient Egyptian Religion.)
I imagine that Jains would take offense to his statement that "Hinduism gave birth to Sikkism and Jainism in India..." (p. 7). It is unclear at what point the prototype of modern Hinduism emerged in ancient times, but surely Jainism is an Indian religion of great antiquity, and not simply a derivative of Hinduism. (it is true that all three religions accept the doctrine of reincarnation, though.)
Mr. Stemman mentions the view of Britain's Lord Dowding that "those who sowed the seeds of abominable cruelty at the time of the Inquisition reaped their own harvest at Belsen and Buchenwald." Although I find this to be an atrocious idea, I can't blame Stemman for it -- only for giving it enough credence to be mentioned in passing. As the old adage goes, "Not everything that is said should be written, and not everything that is written should be published."
Chapter 8 (pp. 72-81) treats us to a lurid perspective on the Karmapa succession controversy in Tibetan Buddhism. Stemman surely is not guilty of Robert Frost's famous definition of a liberal as a man who can't take his own side in an argument. But I would say that since there are at least two sides to this story, and that most of us are outsiders in any case, it is presumptuous to venture an opinion about it.
Still, the author tells a good tale, and presents the findings of various researchers in a readable, popular style. The wide range of stories he has collected should intrigue all open-minded readers and stimulate them to continue exploring a fascinating subject.
However, if you've already done some reading on the subject, you'll probably find that many of the stories are familiar. People who've been into reincarnation for a while would probably do better to read the books that these stories are taken from.
The book is also riddled with typos, so I'm not going to give it any more than 3 stars. In the era of spell-checking software, there's no reason for any book to spell "was" as "wass".